What do I do if I test positive?

If you test positive for COVID-19:

  • If you are fully vaccinated or under the age of 12, you and everyone you live with must self-isolate. You must self-isolate for 5 days from the start of your symptoms or your positive test, whichever came first. After 5 days, only leave self-isolation if your symptoms have been improving for at least 24 hours (or 48 hours for nausea, diarrhea, or vomiting). Additionally, you may not visit any highest risk settings (hospital and health care, long-term care and other congregate living settings, First Nations, Metis, and Inuit communities) until 10 days after you began self-isolation. 
  • If you are not fully vaccinated or if you are immune compromised, you and everyone you live with must self-isolate. You must self-isolate for 10 days from the start of your symptoms or your positive test, whichever came first. 

Do the people who live with me also need to self-isolate? How long is their self-isolation?

Yes, people who live with you are required to self-isolate, regardless of their vaccination status. Click here for instructions about what your household members should do. 

Do I need to notify my contacts? How do I do this?

Yes. People who test positive for COVID-19 now need to notify their close contacts. A close contact is anyone who was in contact with a positive COVID-19 individual and was two meters away or less for at least 15 minutes (or multiple shorter lengths of time), without a medical mask. Contact must have taken place in the 48 hours before symptoms started or the person tested positive, whichever came first. For more information, click here

These are good resources to share with your close contacts to help them determine what to do next:

If I am self-isolating and I need urgent health care, what should I do?

You can always seek urgent health care, even if you are self-isolating. Please notify the health care provider if you have tested positive for COVID-19, have symptoms of COVID-19, or are a close contact. 

Will THU or the provincial contact tracers notify me if I test positive?

If you test positive on a rapid antigen test, you do not need to report your result to THU, and you will not receive further instructions from contact tracers. Follow the self-isolation instructions above. If you have questions, call THU’s COVID-19 line at 705-647-4305 ext. 7. 

If you are a highest risk individual and/or you are in a highest risk setting, you may be eligible for a test at an Assessment Centre. Click here for eligibility criteria. If you have been tested at an Assessment Centre and have tested positive, you will be notified by THU or by provincial contact tracers.

You may be notified in the following ways:

  • Text message from provincial contact tracers
  • Phone call from THU or provincial contact tracers. Please note that this call may not come from a 705 area code. 

If you receive a text message or call and you are not sure whether it was legitimate, you can call the THU COVID-19 line at 705-647-4305 ext. 7 to verify. 

Do I need to get a negative test before I leave self-isolation?

No, you do not need to get a negative test to leave self-isolation or to return to work or school. Follow the self-isolation instructions above. People who have COVID-19 can continue to test positive for several months, even though they are no longer contagious. 

 

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